Sustainability Evaluation of Retrofitting and Renovation of Buildings in Early Stages

Per Anker Jensen, Esmir Maslesa, Navid Gohardani, Folke Björk, Stratis Kanarachos, Paris A. Fokaides

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    Abstract

    Research on the barriers for building renovation in Denmark has revealed that an important obstacle is a lack of simple and holistic tools that can assist stakeholders in decision-making during the early stages of projects (pre-project phases). The purpose of this paper is to present preliminary research results and ideas for the development of a tool, which can be used as decision support for renovation projects in early stages. The research is part of the Eracobuild project ACES – “A concept for promotion of sustainable retrofitting and renovation in early stages” with participants from Denmark, Sweden and Cyprus. This paper is mainly based on a work package concerning benefits of restoration. The approach has been - after a literature review - to start by conducting a needs and stakeholder analysis with 10 interviews. Based on this initial analysis a requirement specification for the decision support tool has been formulated and an outline of a preliminary evaluation tool has been developed. The results of the needs and stakeholder analysis, the requirements specification and the outline of the evaluation tool have been presented and discussed with a group of main stakeholders at a workshop. The target group for the tool is the professional sector. Some of the main requirements are that the tool shall be a basis for dialogue among building professionals and building users and support formulation of objectives for renovation projects. It should also be usable for comparing alternative project proposals and to follow-up on a project and assess the results. The tool will cover the four main parameters: Environment, users (satisfaction), organisation (including competences), and economy (in a wide sense). Evaluations will be subjective, but based on facts and arguments. The different stakeholder’s different evaluations will be presented as part of the results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication Proceedings of 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation
    Number of pages12
    PublisherAkademika forlag
    Publication date2013
    ISBN (Electronic)978-82-321-0273-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Trondheim, Norway
    Duration: 12 Jun 201314 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 7
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    Conference7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation
    Number7
    Country/TerritoryNorway
    CityTrondheim
    Period12/06/201314/06/2013
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    Bibliographical note

    Jensen, P.A., Maslesa, E., Gohardani, N., Björk, F., Kanarachos, S. and Fokaides, P.A. (2013): Sustainability Evaluation of Retrofitting and Renovation of Buildings in Early Stages. Proceedings of 7th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation, 12-14 June 2013, Trondheim, Norway.

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